April 06, 2020
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Scammers claiming to be from IRS target Mainers

Police say scammers pretending to be with the IRS are demanding tax payments over the phone and threatening arrest if the victim hangs up.

It happened to a person in Auburn, who investigators say lost thousands of dollars.

Authorities say an Auburn resident believed one of the scammers because the caller-ID said the call was from the Auburn Police Department and another call was from the local district attorney.

Auburn police say that’s not how they do things. And even if you owe taxes, the IRS doesn’t make calls.

Police say anytime you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, there are two things you should do.

If you owe Federal taxes, or think you might owe taxes, hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions.

If you don’t owe taxes, call and report the incident to Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.

If you have fallen victim to this type of scam, the IRS does have a website set up where victims of this type of ‘IRS Impersonation Scam’ can make a report. For more information, click here.

 


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